Former France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has returned to Toulouse in a consultancy capacity for the rest of the season.

Barthez will work for the Ligue 2 club with Toulouse goalkeeper coach Patrice Garande and academy chief Denis Zanko, who made his professional debut with him in 1991.

Barthez went on to win the Champions League with Marseille after leaving Toulouse the next year, and two Premier League titles with Manchester United after winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus.

“I have been motivated by my pure desire to invest myself in a consultancy role. I want to articulate and share my vision of this position in its entirety, for the goalkeepers of the first team and the academy, in collaboration with the technical staff,” Barthez said in a statement.

“I would like to thank [Damien] Comolli, President of the Management Team, and Patrice Garande, Rudy Riou, and Denis Zanko for their confidence and welcome.”

After the top-flight season was curtailed last April, Toulouse was relegated to Ligue 2.

After winning four of their opening 10 games, the club sits ninth, three points adrift of the automatic promotion places.


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